Archive for Coolest Piercings You May Have Never Heard Of
Upper Lip Frenulum (a.k.a. smiley, scrumper) Piercing
Welcomed to the world of piercing in the 1990s after gaining notice in a magazine publication, the smiley piercing has certainly gained popularity in recent years for quite a few reasons. The smiley is pierced through a thin strip of flesh that attaches the center of the upper lip to the gum plate; this little piece of flesh is called the upper lip frenulum, hence the official name of the piercing. Because of the differences found in size and shape of the upper lip frenulum, some may not have the ideal anatomy for this piercing, so be sure to check with your local piercer to see if the smiley is a possibility for you!
The jewelry that is typically worn in this piercing initially will be 18 gauge (1mm) to 16 gauge (1.2mm) in thickness and includes small diameter circular barbells, such as horseshoe rings, segment rings, or captive rings. Occasionally, a short length curved barbell may be worn in this piercing alternatively.
Some fun facts about the scrumper include that women are statistically more likely to have this piercing than men (let’s change that up, my pierced dudes!) and it is most commonly worn by those in the age range of 18-29. And one of the best perks about the smiley is the fact that this is a GREAT option for those who enjoy “secret” or easy to hide piercings.
The upper lip frenulum piercing takes around 4 to 8 weeks to heal and there are a lot of factors to consider prior to getting the smiley done at your local professional piercing studio. And that professional aspect is key for this type of piercing to prevent the possibility of injury since you’re getting pierced through the soft tissue of the gums. Consequently, this piercing has a risk of rejection and migration since it is pierced through such a tiny piece of flesh. Another risk with the smiley is the wearing down and chipping of teeth since as with all oral piercings we have a tendency to mess around with them in our mouth.
The smiley piercing is performed using a 16 or 18 gauge needle AFTER your mouth has been properly disinfected through the sanitation procedures of your chosen piercer.
As far as aftercare goes, it’s going to be pretty much the same as any other type of oral piercing such as the tongue or lip. Special mouthwash, such as the products offered on our site from H2Ocean, as well as sea salt solution should be used to clean your piercing several times per day, especially after eating food. To help the healing process along, it’s also recommended to stay away from things like smoking and overuse of lip products as well as to be careful while brushing your teeth!
So, if you’ve been looking for the perfect piercing to add a little extra shine to your smile or if you’re looking for the best option for a secret piercing just for you, the smiley piercing is definitely something to consider. Have any of your own piercing experiences with the smiley? Let us know in the comments!
Frenulum Linguae (Tongue Web, Under Tongue, Marley) Piercing
This piercing is located where the connective under-layers (or the “webs” that distinguish the fenulum linguae from the rest of it all) that attach the tongue to the lower gum plate are found. The tongue web, which is what the frenulum linguae is more commonly referred to, is the part of our oral anatomy that allows us to speak, so some people believe that this piercing may influence or encourage those who have it to think more before speaking. The best part of all? This piercing is completely hidden (unless you’re intentionally showing it off), so it’s the perfect solution for piercing fanatics that aren’t allowed to have them visible for any reason.
While there is no specialized body jewelry for the tongue frenulum piercing developed for the market just yet, there are several options of general body jewelry types that are perfect for this location. The type of initial jewelry most often used for the tongue web piercing includes 16 gauge short (usually 6-8 millimeters in diameter or length) curved barbells (such as what you would find with eyebrow rings) or circular rings (such as with BCRs). Other options that people have been known to use include horseshoe circular barbells and curved barbell belly rings. Anything that is curved will suit this piercing a little better than body jewelry that is straight because of the natural curve of this area (though, remember: you and your body are unique, so trial and error is the best way to figure out the type of body jewelry that is right for your piercing).
Pro-Piercing Tip: If you’re thinking about getting your tongue frenulum pierced, then make sure you have enough going on under there to get it at all! Check with your local professional piercer to be sure that you have enough tissue present to make the tongue web piercing a possibility.
HEALING PROCESS and AFTERCARE INFORMATION
The tongue web piercing has a pretty short healing time of about 4 to 6 weeks total and is known to have a fairly easy process to heal. To clean this piercing, make sure to use a non-alcohol based mouthwash, such as that found in H2Ocean’s oral piercing aftercare products. Salt water rinses are beneficial as well! You’ll also want to be sure that you’re keeping your mouth as free as possible from food and other debris.
And, yes, you’ll also want to avoid things like swimming, smoking, alcohol consumption, and sexual contact until your piercing is fully healed. Unfortunately, since this piercing has a tendency to be rejected (basically, it comes out) than typical tongue piercings by your body, most people who get this piercing end up only keeping it for a few years. To help to hinder this outcome, make sure you use body jewelry that is composed from lightweight and biocompatible materials such as flexible Bioplast.
Pro-Piercing Tip: If you’re a smoker and plan on getting your tongue web pierced, it is recommended that you use electronic cigarettes/vapes for the first few weeks after the initial piercing because the vapor is a lot less harmful to you and your healing piercing than the smoke from a tobacco cigarette.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES from our SNAPCHAT FOLLOWERS
So, last week, we published a request for followers to respond with their experiences with tongue web piercings on our Snapchat story. Here are a few of our helpful pals that offered to share their Marley piercing stories with us:
One of our followers snapped us back with this: “…a great piercing to get if you want a piercing that is just for you. I got it because I could hide it for my job and because it was different. If you’re talking to someone taller than you, sometimes they can see it, but it’s definitely a conversation starter! Pain is a 4/10, I would say, and I hate pain!” Now, that’s some good news for all those afraid of that part! Our proudly pierced follower even went back after briefly retiring their piercing to get their web re-pierced, saying: “…missed it so much so I got it redone. That pain through scar tissue was an 8/10, haha.” What a trooper!
And as far as healing goes, one tongue web piercing expert had this to respond with: “The healing hurt worse than the actual piercing because underneath your tongue swells. It’s hard to eat for the next few days and it takes a few days to get used to it being there. A year later, I forget it’s even there now, but it’s still by far my favorite piercing.”
Still not sure about it? Another follower on our Snapchat replied with “My fave piercing and hardly anyone even knows I have it!” With all these reason to get your under tongue web pierced, what’s keeping you from doing it?! If you want it, go for it!
When someone says “nose piercing” they’re usually referring to the body modification that is pierced and rests in the curve of one of the nostrils. Depending on where you find yourself culturally, “nose piercing” can take on a more general meaning and can refer to piercings such as the septum or the bridge of the nose. This broad sense of the term is also found when referring to the jewelry as a “nose ring” because this term is commonly used to reference any piece of jewelry worn in the nose. Besides the standard nose piercing that is simply a solitary piercing made in the natural crease of your nostril, there are a variety of other piercings that are found around the same area, including:
Double Nostril – two holes are created with the first piercing being higher than the other; requires a strategic and professional piercer due to the risk of hitting nerve structures; jewelry used are nose bones, nostril screws, l-shaped , nose hoops, circular barbells and even captive bead rings
Triple Nostril – requires more precautions in creating patterns to ensure nerve structures are not affected; most convenient jewelry used in this type are nose bones; commonly seen on the top crease of the nostril in a triangular pattern
High Nostril – jewelry is placed a few centimeters above the natural curve of the nostril crease; jewelry options for the high nostril piercing is limited to nose bones, l-shaped, and nostril screws
There are a total of five types of nose rings that are available for purchase on BodyCandy.com: the hoop, nose bone, l-shaped, nose screw, and fishtail.The first four options are worn and chosen by the wearer’s necessity or personal preference, but the fifth style – the fishtail – is customizable and can be made into any variety of the other styles. Any of the five options available can be worn based on your own preference for comfort, sizing, or aesthetics. Nose jewelry has the ability to be beautiful with the many stylistic options you have in store for your choice, but it also has the added plus of being surprisingly versatile with the many types available and the ability to customize for a perfect fit and style.
Fishtails are straight nose rings with an extra long length and are specifically made to be custom fit by a professional piercer. If you’ve been having a difficult time finding a standard nose ring that fits your nostril comfortably, then you may have the unique sizing need that is met by choosing to wear a fishtail nose ring. Because the fishtail is about 19mm, or 3/4″ long, and has no shaping or bulb to hold it in place, it can’t be worn as is. You have to take it to a piercer in order to be sized and shaped first. This type is most commonly bent into an l-shaped nose ring or some form of nose screw, but it can also be made into any other shape, including a nose hoop.
Pros: customizable size and shape
Cons: needs to be sized by a professional piercer before wearing
2. Nose Screw
The nose screw (also known as a nose stud, nose twister, or nose hook) comes down straight from the bottom of the decoration or gem setting and has a short, hooked post that goes into a small curl, which works as a backing to hold the jewelry in place and is appropriately named after the way you twist the screw into your nostril. There are right bend and left bend nose screws, so you must choose one or the other depending on which side of your nose is pierced to provide the best comfort and fit. This is probably the most popular type of nose ring available and has plenty of style options to choose from.
Pros: secure, provides flush fit against skin, wide variety of styles
Cons: may be visible in nostril, more difficult to insert into piercing
3. Nose Hoop
Nose hoops, which may be called by a variety of names depending on the geographical region or type of jewelry, will come in a variety of sizes and colors and are most often made of surgical grade stainless steel or titanium. A favorite during the nineties, this model of nose decoration has recently experienced a resurgence. Most hoops have an open end with a small flat disc on one side that rests just inside the piercing, and this style tends to be more noticeable than its studded counterparts. Hoops that are made specifically for the nostril piercing will be called a nose hoop, nose ring, or nose circular; others may choose to wear a captive ring or horseshoe circular barbell and refer to these styles are nose hoops as well. There are a number of different types of hoops available that can be used as nose rings on our site, including seamless segment rings, captive bead rings, and closure rings.
Pros: wide variety of sizes and colors, unlikely to apply pressure (good for healing), classic style
Neutral/Cons: more noticeable, less decoration/gem options
L-shaped nose rings have a shaping that appears as an uppercase “L,” hence the title, “l-shaped.” Because of the ninety-degree angle and the extension of material beyond it that rests against the inside of the nose, an l-shape will also have a fairly secure fit. It is also a much easier option to insert into your nose piercing as compared to some of the other types. The standard length of this item from the bottom of the setting to bend of the L is usually six to seven millimeters, though this may be shorter for specialty sizes.
Pros: fairly secure fit, wide variety of styles, easily made from fishtail nose rings, comes in left and right versions, easy to insert into piercing
Cons: easier to lose from nostril than other types, may be visible in nostril
5. Nose Bone
A nose bone has a short post with a decorative top that rests on the outside of your nostril and has a slightly bulbous bottom that secures the post in place in your nostril piercing. The nose bone usually has a straight piece of around six or seven millimeters in length and pops in and out of your piercing, sometimes with a little resistance due to that bump at the end. Easily removable and very comfortable, no excess material sits against the inner side of the nostril. Once inserted, the ball-shaped end will prevent the jewelry from falling out. These types of nose rings should not be used for initial or healing piercings because the bump at the end will give you plenty discomfort when you try to put it in.
Pros: provides flush fit against skin, secure fit, rarely visible in nostril, wide variety of styles
Cons: should not be used in healing piercings, may be difficult to insert into piercing at first
Alternate Style Options: Micro Nose Rings, Labrets, and Faux Hoops
Nose rings called “micro nose rings” that have extremely small ornamentation (usually a gemstone), but for the most part nose rings’ decorative tips come in three basic sizes, which are 1.5 millimeter, 2 millimeter, and 2.5 millimeter. These are great for those who have smaller noses or for those who want jewelry that is a little more discrete.Labret studs (those that are 20 gauge or 18 gauge) are a popular form of alternate starter jewelry for nostril piercings for a few reasons. The top looks like those you would see on any type of nose ring, but the bottom is secured to the top with a threaded barbell (internally threaded items will be easiest to use), so you won’t lose your jewelry as easily. Additionally, a long stud can be inserted without it awkwardly sticking out, which is tough to accomplish with the usual nostril jewelry available.
Grab the look of a hoop without straying from a stud-style. You’ll have the secure fit and decorative versatility of an l-shaped nose ring with the comfort and attention that comes from a nose hoop. A brand new addition to our nose ring collection, l-shaped faux hoop nose rings are the best of both worlds.
Do you need help figuring out what material is best for you and your nose piercing? Check out our previous blog post, which has everything you could ever hope to know about the materials used for our nose rings. If you need help with sizing, we’ve got a blog post for that too!
Upgrade to the next level in nipple piercing jewelry with one of the most exclusive and hottest trends available right now: universal nipple rings. This versatile piercing decor is super easy to use; all you have to do is turn the rotating barbell and you can wear this body jewelry horizontally, vertically, and even diagonally! The most exciting part about these designs is that you can adjust the decoration to fit your piercing. No matter how your nipple is pierced, you can count on these universal nipple rings to bring you the high style you deserve to flaunt.
If you’re feeling the love, you might enjoy the filigree heart design featured on some of our universal nipple rings. Each scroll-work heart is decorated with a tiny sparkling clear gem.
The more sparkle, the merrier! Swarovski crystals are used in a selection of our available universal nipple rings so you can get your glam on.
No matter your style, you’re covered with the bold designs available for universal nipple rings. Choose from tribal, art deco, and chevron details.
Check out this happy customer showing off their pair of new Clear Gem Black PVD Barbell Filigree Heart Universal Nipple Rings!
Grab them while you can! This new and user-friendly option for accentuating your nipple piercing is flying off the shelves, so make sure you have the coolest new body jewelry to rock and pick out yours today.
Money Shots: 0:31 and 0:59, 1:37 and 1:56
Gabby decided to start a dermal anchor project, and chose to let us record her experience with professional piercer James at American Skin Art in Buffalo, NY! James starts by cleaning the area where Gabby’s piercings will go. He then marks the locations for each dermal and measures to make sure they’re lined up on either side. A hollow piercing needle is used to remove the small section of skin where the anchor will be placed. James then inserts the dermal anchor. During healing, the skin grows around the anchor, holding the piercing in place. James then repeats the process on the other side.
Since the piercings are so close together, Gabby must return for a second visit to complete the project. 6 weeks later, James pierces her second set, and her dermal anchor project is complete.
Healing time: 2-3 months
Initial Jewelry: Dermal anchor, with interchangeable tops that can be switched out after fully healed.
Money Shot at 0:32
Second tongue piercings are becoming increasingly more popular. Placement of the piercing depends on initial planning. Most commonly the piercings will be one in front of the other down the middle as shown in this video, but either side of the tongue can be done as well (venom bites.)
In this video, Frank adds a second piercing to his already pierced tongue. His tongue is cleaned and sanitized, then temporary marks are made on both the top and underside for placement. The piercer then uses a clamp to hold the tongue steady and align the markings. The piercing needle goes up through the tongue, and a cork is applied to the end to cover the pointed end. The jewelry itself (a 14 or 12 gauge straight barbell) is inserted by following the needle directly through the hole and out through the top. A ball is then screwed onto the end to secure the jewelry and complete the process.
Healing time is about 4-8 weeks for tongue piercings. Venom bites may take longer to heal.
Tragus piercings are a popular type of cartilage piercing. The small, projecting part on the inner side of the ear is pierced with a stud or a ring. Many of our cartilage earrings can be worn in both the upper cartilage and the tragus. It all depends on your style and level of comfort.
Confused as to where to look for jewelry specific to your piercing? Look no further!
When in doubt, just make sure you’re looking for something that fits the gauge you were pierced at. 16-18 gauge are the average, but always check with your piercer to be sure.
What is a Rook piercing?
A rook piercing, is a small piercing that is located in the small ridge of cartilage near the upper part of the ear. The area is called the inferior crus of the antihelix.
Image courtesy of The Piercing Bible by Elayne Angel
This piercing requires a skilled piercer, as this is a very small, dense piece of tissue. The initial jewelry used is usually a ring such as a captive or BCR, or a curved barbell much like an eyebrow ring. This piercing is usually done at 18 or 16 gauge.
This piercing takes 3-9 months or longer to heal, usually about 6 in most cases though. Be sure to ask your piercer for proper cleaning and care instructions!
Everyone is generally familiar with the classic tongue piercing and lip ring, we’re going to cover a few facial and oral piercings you may not be too familiar with as well as general care and healing information for the aforementioned piercings.
Typically this piercing is placed centrally but can be placed just about anywhere on the tongue. Two piercings placed side by side is often referred to as ‘venom bites’. A traditional tongue piercing is placed where the nerves are primarily for taste and temperature, it is more painful is be pierced towards the tip or edges. Healing time is about 4-8 weeks, during the first week there will be significant swelling and tenderness, drinking cold water especially immediately following the procedure will help with the swelling and soothe the area. You can eat normally but it is advisable to do so slowly and take small bites. Many people find smoothies, shakes, and soups are easiest to start with. Avoid chewing gum, salty, spicy, or very hot foods as these may be injurious or irritating.
The Labret Piercing
A traditionally placed labret is centered under the lower lip, but may be placed higher, lower, in pairs or even multiples. Usually pierced with a 16 or 14 gauge needle, a flat disk-back stud or ring are the most common jewelry worn. Healing time is about 6-8 weeks but may take longer. Cleaning is easiest by using a sea salt soak (1/4 tsp to 8oz water) in a shot glass held flush against the face or a cotton ball/q-tip with the solution on it.
This piercing imitates a beauty mark and is placed off to one side above the upper lip. Also paired with another piercing on the opposite side which is nicknamed ‘angel bites’. Typically done at 16 or 14 gauge this piercing heals in about 2 to 3 months or longer. Aftercare is the same as the labret.
Also commonly knows as the ‘medusa’ this piercing is placed center of the natural divot between the mouth and the nose. It is common that during this piercing the client’s eyes may water. Healing time for this piercing is typically 2 to 3 months and usually at 16 or 14 gauge.
Cheek/ Dimple Piercings
Cheek piercings can be done in most locations on the cheek but are usually placed in the natural dimple on the client’s face and should not be placed further back than the first molars. This can cause issues with the salivary glands that are located within the cheek. This is considered one of the lesser painful facial/oral piercings, usually done with 16 to 12 gauge barbells preferably with a flat back. This piercing takes anywhere from 2-3 months or longer to heal. Cleaning can be done with the sea salt solution, many find using a small shot glass to hold over the area to be an easy way to do so.
The Smiley/ Scrumper and Frowny Piercings
Smiley and scrumper are both names for the piercing of the upper frenulum, which is a piece of skin that connects the center of the upper lip and gums. The frowny is a piercing of lower frenulum that connects the lower lip and gums. Performed with usually with jewelry between 16 to 18 gauge circular barbell, horseshoe, or curved barbell; this piercing heals in about 4 to 8 weeks. This piercing comes with the risk of rejection and migration as well as the wearing of the tooth enamel, all things to consider before getting this piercing.
The Lingual Frenulum Piercing
This is a piercing of the web located underneath the tongue if the client has the substantial anatomy to accommodate the jewelry. Most often done with a small curved bar or 16 gauge ring. This piercing heals quickly and easily in about 4 to 6 weeks. This piercing has a tendency to reject but most people keep it for at least a few years. Clean the piercing by using a non-alcohol based mouthwash. Be sure to keep it free of food and debris. Avoid swimming, alcohol, and sexual contact until it’s healed.